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  • 9 days family tour over Java and Bali

    Pack up the gang and head into Java's cultures on a family adventure as your sense of adventure doenst't disappear just because you have kids.... Even better, every child is adventurous. If you’ve been putting off a Javanese family holiday because of the language barrier or logistical worries, don't. With this tour you will discover the best of Java’s street markets, taste Malang's finest bakso, sip tea in the Bromo highlands and visit Indonesia's finest temples. Experience Java the right way: as a family. Java is brimming with unforgettable memories.  


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    Long & short itinerary - 9 days family tour Java & Bali

    Please, read the day by day itinerary below. If you click on a day, you can read the full itinerary. This 9 days family tour is designed for a family with children between 4 and 12 years of age. Indonesians realy adore children and are natural caretakers. This is what makes your holiday more than just a holiday: a relaxing experience.

    Arrival in YogyakartaSymbol day 1 - Family tour in Java with end in Bali

    Symbol day 1 - Family tour in Java with end in Bali Arrive in Yogyakarta

    Your driver is waiting for you at the airport or at the train station. He will make your arrival smooth and guide you to your hotel in Yogyakarta. Your hotel is situated on the famous Malioboro boulevard; the 'shopping-for-souvenirs-street'. You can rest, take a swim, head to the spa, or get acquainted with Yogya.

     

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro- a good start for your stay in Indonesia. Situated at the Malioboro boulevard. The hotel offers a spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

    Day 2 of your Family tour Java and BaliVisit the Borobudur and cycle through the villages surrounding Indonesia's most famous temple

    Day 2 of your Family tour Java and Bali Visit the Borobudur & cycle through the villages surrounding Indonesia's most famous temple

    Cycling YogyakartaIn the morning you will visit the Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Indonesia. The temple was built in the 9th century. Overlooking impossible apple green sawahs, swaying palms and surrounded by eye-catching volcanic peaks, this monumental Buddhist structure has survived Gunung Merapi’s eruptions and many earthquakes. The Borobudur remains as mysterious and as beautiful as it probably also was about 1200 years ago.
    One can find three monasteries in the neighborhood of the Borobudur. You are welcome to join the monks at prayer if you like.
    If your are ready to continue,visiting villages is next on your day-trip. The cycling trip will take you to rice fields, other kinds agricultural land, and farms. You will meet locals at work on the fields and at home, and get to know how they live. Many villagers have at home some extra incoming earning activity - home industry - to provide them with extra income. Feel free to give a helping hand and ask questions. If you prefer to go by horse cart, to see it all a little differently, come along!

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro

    Symbol day 3 - Family tour in East Java with drop in Bali, IndonesiaWater fun in Yogyakarta

    Symbol day 3 - Family tour in East Java with drop in Bali, IndonesiaWater fun in Yogyakarta

    The lighthouse and the pirate ship greet you at the entrance to Jogja Bay Pirates Adventure Waterpark. Open from 09.00 to 18.00 to experience numerous spectacular slides, artificial waves, and a running river. There is also a swimming pool for the smallest with their own slides and other water fun. You can easily spend a whole day as there are also numerous locations with different kinds of food. The store in the pirate ship might even provide you with some souvenirs...

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro

    Day 4 - Family tour - start Yogyakarta and end in BaliBy train from Yogyakarta to Malang

    Day 4 - Family tour - start Yogyakarta and end in BaliBy train from Yogyakarta to Malang

    By train from Yogyakarta to MalangThe Executive train departs at 08.00 in the morning. Have some breakfast before you head to the train station. This ride is an experience. It shows you parts of Java you wouldn't see if you travel by car. The sceneries are beautiful and the kids have some space to stretch their legs, do some games and play with Javanese kids. At 15.30 you are picked up in Malang and by car you head in about 1 hour to Batu village.

     

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    Pohon Inn Hotel- This hotel is located at the entrance of the zoo named Jatim Park 2. The rooms have WiFi and ac, although not really necessary in this refreshing village in the hills. In the hotel one can find a restaurant with a plateau that twiddles slowly to observe some tigers and panthers. In the zoo one can find besides many many animals, a fun park with more than a few attractions and a fun swimming pool. The zoo is open from 09.30 till 17.30.

    Symbol day 5 - Family Tour - East JavaWhat would you and your family like to do today?

    Symbol day 5 - Family Tour - East JavaWhat would you and your family like to do today?

    Family tour Java and BaliToday the options are open. The possibilities are rafting, waterfalls, hot springs, swimming, several kinds of musea, fun parks and the zoo. Make your choice.

     

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    Hotel Pohon Inn

    Symbol day 6 - Family tourBatu local life & Malang as the refreshing city with character

    Symbol day 6 - Family tourBatu local life & Malang as the refreshing city with character

    A walk through the farmer's fields. If you like, you can give them a helping hand. Immerse yourself in Javanese village live. Your guide will help you to feel at ease and enjoy the surroundings and the villagers. Drink a cup of coffee with a newly met family... You will also visit the local tofu factory where soy beans are processed. An interesting process....
    In the afternoon you will drive to Malang where you will spend the night. The babysitter is available in case you would like to spend an evening together.

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    Hotel Pelangi - it is one of Malang's oldest hotel as it was built around 1915. It is located at Malang's heart, at the town square which was transformed into a nice public park. The hotel has a small but fine swimming pool and the colonial atmosphere is adding to the experience.

    Symbol day 7 - Family Tour by SmartineDiscover Malang, visit an orphanage and Hawai Waterpark

    Symbol day 7 - Family Tour by SmartineDiscover Malang, visit an orphanage and Hawai Waterpark

    Kampong Warna-Warni in Malang, East JavaTake it easy today. You can discover Malang, with or without a guide and with or withour your kids. Our babysitter has her experiences and very well knows how to entertain them. It is her nature to entertain kids, who immedeately will feel at ease and love to share time with her. You can also as family visit the orphanage Al Kaaf in Jabung. Hawai Waterpark which isn't that far from the city center is a favourable activity to start or end your day.

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    Symbol day 8Bromo sunrise tour

    Symbol day 8Bromo sunrise tour

    The Bromo sinrise tour starts at midnight. You will be picked up at your hotel by Jeep. Via Tumpang you drive in about 3 hours to Mt. Pananjakan from where you can see the sunrise, if weather conditions allow you to. If it is really dark, the skies are clear, and you aren't delayed, the Milkyway might be waiting for you. If not, you will have to wait for the sunrise.... The sunrise over this ancient landscape can be spectacular as colors come out and change your views. Mt. Semeru is every once in a while erupting to add some mistery to the scenery. After the sun has risen you will descend to the Sea of Sand which you will have to cross before you can climb Mt. Bromo. It is only a 45 minutes walk one way and not that heavy. Take your time at the top of an active volcano in an ancient lunarlike landscape.
    Once back at the Jeep you will be brought to the airport in Malang via de savanna which can be apple green during the raining season and desertlike during dry season. You will also visit a waterfall and a small temple called Jago. Your flight departs at 14.30. It is only a 1 hour flight to Denpasar in Bali. In Bali you are picked up and brought to your last destination of this trip.

    Note: 1. bring some warm clothes as the temperatures are very low; between 0 and 10 °C. 2. there are several view points to see the sunrise. In case you wish to avoid some crowds (if you are visiting during high season) alternatives can be discussed if you wish.

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    Hotel Hard Rock Bali - Kuta, Bali. This hotel is defenitely an attraction for rockin' kids. It is an impressive three-hectare prime site right in the heart of Bali’s entertainment and shopping district. It comes with a swimming pool with slide, spa, meditation, sauna, fitness and climbing wall. It is only a 3 minutes walk to the beach.

    Symbol day 9Enjoy your hotel and Kuta beach

    Symbol day 9Enjoy your hotel and Kuta beach

    After an astoundingly night in an amazing hotel you have another morning to enjoy where you are. Suddenly a nine days holiday has come to an end... If you wish, you can extend your stay in the hotel.

     


    TAKE INTO ACCOUNT


    1. Avoid traveling during the periode 18 June - 2 July 2017 as 25 and 26 June 2017 is the end of Ramadan, the so called "Hari Raya". This is a public holiday and the event of the year. All people will get together in their home town and meet their families and relatives. This means that 95% of the Indonesians are traveling, and that shops, markets, schools, factories, realy everything is closed. As a result traffic conditions couldn't be worse, and prices for food and hotels are sky high.

    2. At night it is cold around Mt. Bromo. The tempratures can drop to around 5 ºC or even lower. Bring some warm clothes to feel comfortable.

  • Cooking class with locals

    Duration: 4 to 6 hours

    Shop at the local market in Malang to find the necessary ingredientsMake several traditional East Javanese dishes. Use the oelek, make sambal, enjoy kitchen fun. Shop at the local market with your guide, before heading to the cook her house just in one of Malang's kampongs. A minimalist kitchen with maximal flavours!

  • Cycling in and around Malang

    Duration: 4 to 8 hours

    Cycling tours in and around MalangRide your bike, see more! Cycling gives you the opportunity to be connected with locals. And, experience your environment. We offer 2 rides: a Malang city tour and a Tumpang village tour. Our bikes have a granny gear.

  • Ecotourism: walk the ricefields

    Duration: 10 - 12 hours

    A room at Kaliandra Sejati Foundation - East JavaThe Kaliandra Sejati Foundation is one of its kind in East Java. It supports local farmers to grow organic produce and houses a relaxing Wellness Retreat. Be ready for a joyful ecowalk in the rice fields surrounding Kaliandra and a delicious eco-lunch.

  • Heritage tourism in Java, Indonesia

    Cultural heritage tour by Pauline van Roosmalen - Java"Traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past. It includes cultural, historic, and natural resources." That is the definition of heritage tourism.

  • Kampung Warna-Warni

    Kampong Warna-Warni in Malang - a tourist's destinationOnce a slum, now a colorful tourist destination: Jodipan. Jodipan is an area in Malang caught between the railroad, the river Brantas and the main road Jl. Gatot Subroto. All houses are coloured and many houses are ornamented with paintings by artists. It was a student's initiative.

  • Live local - an extraordinary tour in East Java

    The world is a neighborhood.Live like a local; that is the idea of this tour. You will find yourself in a Moslem culture in Batu and in a Hindu Tengger culture near Mt. Bromo. Besides culture, nature is also stunning. Take time to spend with the family you're staying with... You will discover that the Indonesians are the most friendly and patient people in the world.


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    Short & long itinerary: Live Local Tour - 8 days

    Live like a local, get to know how an Indonesian Moslem spends his day and discover Tengger traditions at Mt. Bromo.
    Below you can read the short itinerary. If you would like to more know about one of the days, just click on the title. If you have any questions, please use the contact form on this page.

    Arrive in Batu and meet your familySymbol day 1 - Tour Live Local

    Symbol day 1 - Tour Live LocalArriving in Batu

    Arrive at any time. We will pick you up at the airport or train station in either Malang or Surabaya and bring you to Batu.
    Welcome to Batu, the area that the Dutch already discovered for its healthy surroundings. Many swimming pools and health resorts got established. You also will find sulphuric hot springs and beautiful agricultural land with flowers, rice fields and apple orchards.

    Your adventure starts... Get to know your new Moslem family, get acquainted with local food and explore your neighborhood.

     

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    Budi's house - Check in time in your local house is from 2 pm on wards. Take your time to get acquainted with your surroundings to feel at ease and at home.

    Spend time with your 'adopted' Moslem family and look into your new neighborhoodDay 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East Java

    Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East JavaYour own day at your own terms

    RelaxIf you wish to stay in your local house, enjoy the environments and your family, you can do that. If you wish to choose an item from the optional tours, you can do that. If you wish to go out on your own, you can do that as well. Find some ideas under the heading "Ideas".

     

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    Budi's house

    Half a day tour: hiking to the top of Mt. Panderman in Batu - half a day to experience cultureSymbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, Indonesia

    Symbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, IndonesiaHiking to the top of Mt. Panderman

    Mt. Panderman in BatuTo get an idea of the area where you are staying, it is a good exercise to hike to the highest top in the neighborhood, that is Mt. Panderman. It is just a 4 hours walk, nothing too heavy or too difficult. We leave early morning. Your guide will be waiting for you.

    In the afternoon you have free time. You can help the family where you are staying with the work that needs to be done in and around the house or at the fields. Or, you can choose one of the options from the "Optional tours" or the "Ideas list". You could also just have an evening out with 'your family'.

     

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    Budi's house

    A perfect day for another mix between nature (Cangar hot spring) and cultureDay 4 of your Live Local tour

    Day 4 of your Live Local tourThe unexpected green winding road leads to Cangar hot spring

    The road to Cangar hot spring, 25 km from Batu villageCangar hot spring is about 25 km north of Batu at the slopes of Arjuno-Welirang. The winding road to this sulphuric hot spring is already a memory to make. As colors are best early morning, you will depart after breakfast. Your guide will get you off road at several spots to see the local activities and if you wish to participate in it, he will show you how to.
    Once at Cangar hot spring enjoy your surroundings as well. If you feel up to it, you can also walk to the waterfall and the cave that you can find near the hot spring.

    You can also pick an Optional tour or something from the Ideas list as Cangar hot spring can be visited in half a day.

     

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    Budi's house

    Move to your new Tengger home near Mt. Bromo & visit the Madakaripura waterfalls Symbol day 5 - Live Local Tour - East Java

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    Madakaripura Waterfalls - new Tengger home at the Bromo area

    After breakfast you will be transfered to the Bromo area. It will be an approximately 3 hours drive. After Probolinggo we will stop at the Madakaripura Waterfalls. Take your time to visit this special hide out. It was already important to the Hindu community hundreds of years ago.

    Once back at the car, you will continue to Ngadisari village where you will stay with the Tengger family of Mrs. Nuristiyani and her husband. They have two kids of 10 and 12 years old. You will have your own cozy room. She and her family are really open to visitors (as actually all Indonesians). Feel free to take your time to get to know all the members of the family, the neighbors and everybody who drops by. It will be around three when you are completely settled.

    In the afternoon, your schedule is open.

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    Mrs. Nuristiyani's home

    Bromo sunrise tour and a hike through the savanna Symbol day 6 - Live local tour

    Symbol day 6 - Live local tourBromo sunrise tour - hike through the savanna back to Cemara Lawang

    The savanna one can found in the same caldera as Mt. Bromo - East JavAt around 3, Mrs. Nuristiyani prepared you a light breakfast with some coffee or tea. You will depart by Jeep to Mt. Pananjakan. Or, optional, you could walk to a viewpoint which not necessarily has to be Mt. Pananjakan. The sun will rise between 4 and 5 in the morning, depending on the season. If weather conditions are on your side (most often clear mornings), you will have a stunning view over the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. Mt. Semeru is also an active volcano and the highest mountain in Java (3676 m), which every 20 minutes has a small eruption with rocks and smoke. Take your time before heading down into the Sea of Sand, where you can have breakfast pick-nick style. The low temperatures on the viewpoint probably made you hungry and thirsty.
    Then it is time to head to Bromo's crater. Just walk in 45 minutes to the crater rim. Feel free and enjoy. Once back at the parking area, you can hike with your guide around Mt. Bromo, through the savanna and some shrub lands. It will take about 4 to 5 hours. You will feel very tiny in this colossal bowl that once was a crater of an enormous volcano. If you feel tired a motorbike can pick you up.

     

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    Mrs. Nuristiyani's home

    Paint with a local artist, walk the lava river, a medicinal experience or Tengger spa Symbol day 7

    Symbol day 7Painting - Lava river walk - Medicinal experience - Tengger Spa

    Relax through the dayA day to dig deeper into the local Tengger culture. Involve in your family's daily activities and take some time for the extra options: painting with a local artist, hiking through the ancient lava river, collect herbs and shrubs with the local medicine man and make your own brew or relax and indulge in a traditional Tengger massage.

     

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    Mrs. Nuristiyani's home

    Last day with your Hindu family before 'check out'

    Symbol day 8 of your Live Local Tour in East JavaThe last moment with your Hindu family before checking out

    Already your last day of this Live Local adventure. Time to have your last special moment with your family. Pack your bags and "check out".
    Around 12 noon we can transfer you to anywhere in Java or help you to arrange your transfer. Please inform us where you would like to go.

     

    INFORMATION FOR THE INTERESTED TRAVELER

    1. the sun rises around 05.00 and sets at around 17.30. The mosque starts singing at around 04.00 and people wake up to enjoy the day as long as possible.
    2. for women: please dress according the "Indonesian" dress code. Wear shirts that cover your shoulders and trousers that are at least till over your knees.
    3. in general women don't smoke. Best is not to smoke in a Muslim community
    4. don't drink alcohol in public in and around your family's house.

    PREPARE MENTALLY

    1. be prepared that some misunderstandings based upon culture might occure. An example: if somebody tells you that you have become more voluminous during your week stay, that is a compliment as it means you have become "wealthier". Another example: they will offer you food all the time, because that is an invitation to feel welcome. You, on the other hand, might think "oooh no, I already have eaten 5 times, do I really have to eat again?"
    2. the hygienic standards differ from yours. Don't bring your western standards to Indonesia as you will be diasppointed.

     

  • Mt. Bromo combined with rafting

    Duration: 3 days & 2 nights

    Rafting at the Pekalen river in Condong village - East JavaRafting at the Pekalen river is quite an adventure; with a width varying between 5 and 20 meters and between 1 and 3 meters depth, you will have to concur some waterfalls and more than 50 rapids. The active volcano Mt. Bromo can't be missed while visiting Indonesia.

  • Overland Java - Bali

    Two islands, many destinations. Java is the heart of the nation. Home to almost 150 million people it is the most populated island in the world.Though, it holds a formidable collection of charming landscapes, sparkling rice fields, active volcanoes, dizzling cities, magical archaeological sites and profound traditions in art, music and dance. While thoughts of Bali are those of paradise. Though Bali is more than a place; it's a feeling, a tropical state of mind. It is the essence of Bali that makes it so much more than just a sunny retreat.Experience one of the world's classic overland routes in your journey through time. 


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    Long and short itinerary - 12 days Java & Bali

    This classic tour is the best option if you would like to see the most impressive highlights that Indonesia has to offer. After 12 days you will defenitely be impressed.
    Take a look at the short itinerary. If you would like to read the itinerary in more detail, just click on the title and a full description will show.

    Arrive in Yogyakarta Symbol day 1 - Tour Live Local

    Symbol day 1 - Tour Live LocalArrive in Yogyakarta

    Your driver is waiting for you at the airport or at the train station. He will make your arrival smooth and guide you to your hotel in Yogyakarta. Your hotel is situated on the famous Malioboro boulevard; the famous 'shopping-for-souvenirs-street'. You can rest or get acquainted with Yogya.

     

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro- a good start for your stay in Indonesia. You are close to the famous Malioboro boulevard to do some first exploration, or if you wish some relaxation in your hotel after your journey to get to Yogyakarta, there is a spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

    Visit the Borobudur & the surprisingly scenic Dieng Plateau Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East Java

    Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East JavaOne of the seven world wonders the Borobudur & the surprisingly scenic Dieng Plateau

    The Borobudur in Yogyakarta - JavaIn the morning you will visit the Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Indonesia that was built in the 9th century. Overlooking impossibly apple green sawahs, swaying palms and surrounded by eye-catching volcanic peaks, this monumental Buddhist structure has survived Gunung Merapi’s eruptions and many earthquakes. The Borobudur remains as mysterious and as beautiful as it probably also was about 1200 years ago.
    One can find three monasteries in the neighborhood of the Borobudur. You are welcome to join the monks at prayer if you like.
    If your are ready to continue, the Dieng Plateau is next on your day-trip. This complex of Hindu temples was built in the 7th century. The five main temples form the Arjuna complex are clustered together on the central Dieng plain, which are connected to eachother by raised walkways. It are Shiva temples that have been named after the heroes of the wayang stories: Arjuna, Puntadewa, Srikandi, Sembadra and Semar. Locals offer, burn incense and meditate here.
    Then you continue to visit the Sikidang volcanic crater, one of several craters at the Dieng Plateau that are still active. Kawah Sikidang consists in steaming vents and anxiously bubbling mud ponds. Be careful as the trails are sometimes muddy and slippery. After Sikidang you will visit the Warna lake - Telaga Warna. The lake has turquoise and cobalt colours from the bubbling sulphur deposits around its shores. To find some privacy, follow the trail counterclockwise to the adjoining lake.
    When you feel ready, you will go back to your hotel in Yogyakarta.

     

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    Yogyakarta city tour & Pramabanan temple Symbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, Indonesia

    Symbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, IndonesiaYogyakarta city tour in the morning while the Prambanan temple is scheduled for the afternoon

    Employer at the Sultan's Palace - YogyakartaThere are a few cultural must-sees in Yogyakarta. The first one is the Sultan's Palace, also called Kraton, is the cultural and political hearth of Yogyakarta. In fact this is a walled city and home to about 25,000 people of whom 1,000 are employed by the Sultan. The area where the current Sultan still lives was built between 1755 and 1756. This is an examples of Javanese palace architecture. There are daily cultural performances in the kraton’s inner pavilion; starting around 9 or 10 am, varying from gamelan to Javanese poetry readings.
    The second must-see is the water castle - Taman Sari - which is another historical relic to be found just southwest of the kraton. It once served the sultan and his entourage. The water castle was built between 1758 and 1765, and lasted only for 100 years due to war and earthquakes. The bathing pools have been restored.
    Then the journey continues to the Prambanan temple, just outside Yogyakarta and listed in 1991 on the Unesco World Heritage List. The impressive Hindu temples of Prambanan are set in the plains and the best remaining examples of Java’s extended period of Hindu culture. The temples were built between the 8th and 10th century.
    Probably it is getting evening when you are heading back to your hotel. Enjoy your time.

     

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    Free day in Yogyakarta Day 4 of your Live Local tour

    Day 4 of your Live Local tourFree day in Yogyakarta

    A massage for relaxationMake the most of your day off in the cultural and political hearth of Java.

     

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    By executive train to Malang Symbol day 5 - Live Local Tour - East Java

    Symbol day 5 - Live Local Tour - East JavaBy executive train to Malang

    Have an early breakfast at your hotel as your train departs at 07.30. You can take a becak to the train station which is nearby. The Malioboro Express will arrive after about 8 hours in Malang. You will be waited for at the train station and brought to your hotel.

     

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    Hotel Ibis Malang - Ibis Malang is situated on the main road between Malang and Surabaya which makes access to the city center both easy and adventurous. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and WiFi. A swimming pool is also available.

    Malang, the refreshing city with characterSymbol day 6 - Live local tour

    Symbol day 6 - Live local tourMalang, the refreshing city with character

    Becak driver - easy mode of transport in East JavaA day of choices. You can discover the city on foot or by bike with a guide, you can take a guided cycling tour to Tumpang village, or cook your lunch during a cooking class in the kampong. Or, just have the day to yourself and discover on your own or just relax in your hotel.

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    Hotel Ibis Malang

    The breathtaking volcanic Bromo region is your today's destination Symbol day 7 - Overland Tour by Smartine

    Symbol day 7 - Overland Tour by SmartineThe breathtaking volcanic Bromo region is your today's destination

    Farmer Bromo area - East JavaAt 01.00 in the morning you will be picked up. It is a three hours drive to Mt. Pananjakan, from which viewpoint you can first meat with the breathtaking volcanic Bromo region. The moonlike landscape in full glory is welcoming you when the sun is rising. Mt. Semeru - Java's highest peak - throws its shadows over the scene, while erupting every 20 minutes.
    If Bromo's condition allows you too, you can walk to the crater rim of this active volcano, after you crossed the black volcanic Sea of Sand. Mt. Bromo is flanked by Mt. Kursi (2581 m) and Mt. Batok (2440 m), both higher than Mt. Bromo (2392 m). All three volcanoes have emerged in an old crater which stretches 10 km across, surrounded by the towering cliffs of the crater's edge.
    Then, when you meet your driver again, he will bring you to hotel Cafe Lava where you can have your breakfast. After you revived a bit, your journey continues in the direction if Mt. Ijen. Your route guides you via the winding and hilly road over Mt. Arek-Arek before you reach Bondowoso.

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    Bondowoso - Ijen View Hotel.As your stay in Bondowoso is short, you might enjoy your rest, but a swimming pool is also available.

    The largest blue fire area in the world: Ijen crater lake - house PemuteranSymbol day 8

    Symbol day 8The largest blue fire area in the world: Ijen crater lake

    Early morning departure! At around midnight you will depart to see the phenomenal blue fire at the Ijen crater lake. But, keep in mind that the possibility to see it is depending on local weather conditions. If local weather conditions don't allow you too, or if you do not wish to see the blue fire, you can leave later. Then discuss your departure time with your driver.
    After arriving in Paltuding it is a one and a half hours hike to the greatest acidic lake in the world. You will meet the heroic sulphur miners which have probably one of the heaviest tasks in the world. The miners carry baskets between 80 and 100 kg filled with vast sulphur up the crater rim and then down the mountain slopes to the sulphur weighing area behind the parking lot where you parked your car. 
    Once you are back at the car, your next destination is Pemuteran in Bali. You will take the ferry in Ketapang.

    Note: the blue fire tour is only for those in good physical condition as it is a serious undertaking which can only be seen when it is still dark.

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    Pemuteran (Bali) - Kubuku Ecolodge & Resto.Kubuku means 'little home', complete with spa, meditation and yoga.... welcome.

    Snorkeling neaar Menjangan island & snooze at the beach getaway Pemuteran - house UbudSymbol day 9

    Symbol day 9Snorkeling near Menjangan island & snooze at the beach getaway Pemuteran

    Fishes in the sea when snorkeling near Menjangan island, BaliMenjangan can be found within the protected area of West Bali National Park. Menjangan is famous for its calm and clear waters, while the bountiful sea life is just an aquarium but then 10 times better. Beautiful coral formations, clownfish-filled anemones, dazzling coral walls and drop-offs, and caves and nooks to hide in. You might even be lucky to see whale sharks, mantas and turtles. The water temperature is lovely with a 29 ºC, and the current is none to mild.
    After snorkeling you will be heading to Ubud, the cultural center of Bali. It also has good restaurants and cafes and many street shops filled with the work of local artists.

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    Ubud - Adi Cottage.As they call it "A peaceful retreat' in the hearth of Ubud. With only 19 rooms that are cocooned within a tropical garden.

    Dance, volcanoes and art - house Ubud Symbol day 10 - Overland Tour Java Bali

    Symbol day 10 - Overland Tour Java BaliDance, volcanoes & art

    Tegallalang rice fields near Ubud in Bali, IndonesiaDances are merged with stories and history. The "Barong and Kris Dance" is one of Bali's iconic dances. There are two main characters, namely Barong, which is a lion-like spirit that protects the land and its people, and Rangda, who is a demon queen. A kris is an asymmetrical dagger and deeply rooted into Indonesian culture. The Baron and Kris Dance shows many men waving the kris. The close ties to the mythological traditions of Bali makes this performance interesting.
    Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a Nature Reserve & Hindu temple complex. The Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal, which owns it. To the villagers the Monkey Forest is as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center. The Forest covers approximately 10 hectares and contains at least 115 different species of trees and is home to three Hindu temples, that were constructed around 1350. About 600 Balinese long-tailed monkeys live in the forest.
    You will also visit the central palace Puri Saren Agung. It was the home of the last "king" of Ubud, and now his descendants live in the palace. It was also Ubud's first hotel, opening its doors to paying visitors in the 1930s.
    Another artistic spot to visit is Batuan village, which one can find about 10 km south of Ubud. Batuan village is well-known for its style of painting that originated in the village in the 1930s. This style has emerged into a major Balinese artistic style, known as a Batuan painting. The village also contains art galleries and cooperative art societies. Every full moon the ancient Gambuh dance is performed.
    Sri Batu village is a village where one can see how several spices, coffee, cacao, clove, vanilla, cinnamon, and passion fruit are grown. Once can also sample Bali chocolate. Probably you are getting hungry somewhere along this trip. A stopover to have lunch with the volcano Kintamani and Batur Lake as your view, must be brilliant.
    Next. Gunung Kawi Sebatu is a Hindu water temple dedicated to Vishnu. The temple complex is built on a natural spring, which feed a series of ponds and pools. Then you still have Tegallalang and Gajah cave on the list for today. Tegallalang is the area north of Ubud and full with beautiful rice fields, those jaw-dropping ones. Take a hike. Goa Gajah - or elephant cave - is your last part of the day, if you still have some energy left. This temple takes you back to the 11th century, if you can imagine it without the parking area and the various souvenir shops and refreshments kiosks.

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    Ubud - Adi Cottage.

    Culture and beach Symbol - house Sanur

    Symbol "Day 11" - overland tour Java & Bali by Smartine TravelCulture and beach

    Barong in the 'Barong and Keris dance' in Bali - IndonesiaAfter breakfast, check all your belongings and get them in your bag. You are moving to another hotel for the last time during this trip.
    Your day will start with a visit to one of Bali's most beautiful temples. Taman Ayun is a remnent from the Royal Mengwi Dynasty and a landmark in the village of Mengwi. One can see glorious traditional architectural features throughout the temple's courtyards and enclosures Taman Ayun was built in 1634 and underwent a significant restoration in 1937.
    You will continue to Tanah Lot, which is a rock formation off the island of Bali. It is home to the pilgrimage temple Tanah Lot. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples was established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast.
    To be able to join the afternoon sun and some rest, you can check in at your hotel in the beach village Sanur early afternoon. Enjoy the beach.

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    Sanur - Peneeda View - Beach Hotel. Sanur's beach stretches over 5 km. It is a white sandy beach with calm blue water, while a small path connects north and south of Sanur.

    Relaxed morning Symbol day 12

    Symbol day 12Relaxed morning

    Enjoy a relaxed morning as the only thing you will have to do is to get ready for what you are up to next. We can transfer you to the airport in Denpasar.

     

     


    TAKE INTO ACCOUNT

    1. Avoid traveling during the periode 18 June - 2 July 2017 as 25 and 26 June 2017 is the end of Ramadan, the so called "Hari Raya". This is a public holiday and the event of the year. All people will get together in their home town and meet their families and relatives. This means that 95% of the Indonesians are traveling, and that shops, markets, schools, factories, realy everything is closed. As a result traffic conditions couldn't be worse, and prices for food and hotels are sky high.
    2. At night it is cold around Mt. Bromo. The tempratures can drop to around 5 ºC or even lower. Bring some warm clothes to feel comfortable.

     
     

     

  • Photography lover - the 2 most fantastically shaped volcanoes in East Java

    A photography tour is almost like a holiday; making photos is your freedom, but you will have to be at the right spot at the golden moment. You will get to explore new destinations with a proven record of some extraordinance. Between the golden moments for pictures in nature, you will have time to take culture related photos.
    You will have enough time to work on your skills, as you aren't wasting time to arrange transport, accommodation or all your other needs. You will always have at least 2 days at the spots as weather conditions need to be on your side as well.
    This is time for you and your expression.


    Main picture photography tour with Mt. Bromo

     

    Long and short Itinerary: Photography tour - 6 days

    Photography needs time. In cooperation with nature you can capture the most beautiful moments. In the meantime the locals and the local activities give you an insight in daily life.
    If you click on the description of the day, you can read a more complete itinerary.

    The enchanting Madakaripura Waterfalls & sunset photography at Mt. Bromo Symbol day 1 - Tour Live Local

    Symbol day 1 - Tour Live LocalMadakaripura waterfalls & sunset photography Mt. Bromo

    Your driver picks you up in Surabaya. In about 3 to 4 hours you will be driven to the Madakaripura Waterfalls. These are situated on your way to Mt. Bromo. This more than wonderful waterfall lies hidden at the end of a deep valley in the Tengger range. The valley is encircled by 7 waterfalls and a series of cascades to further enhance its beauty. Its beauty lies also hidden in local stories and saga. Human interest might be one of your topics to capture on picture.
    Once in CemaraLawang, you will check in into your hotel. You can relax with a view over the active volcano Bromo or explore the area if you feel up to it. Later on, prepare for a short walk to Mt. Mentigen to capture the sunset atmosphere.

     

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    Cemara Lawang - Pagupon Bromo, JavaGo by Jiwa Jawa.Relax in the beauty of nature. Each room is comfortable and the warmly designed spaces resulting in an intimate atmosphere.

    Mt. Pananjakan I & King Kong Hill - Sunrise - Mt. Bromo - the green savanna - village trekking Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East Java

    Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East JavaMt. Pananjakan I & King Kong hill - sunrise photography - Mt. Bromo - the green savanna - village trekking

    Milkyway photography at Mt. Bromo - East JavaRise and shine as you will be departing at 1 o’clock in the morning! Drink a cup of coffee or tea before leaving to Mt. Pananjakan I, a world famous viewpoint. With 2702 m it is one of the highest view points in the area. Perfect to see and experience the Milkyway once more. It's breathtaking when the sun is rising as also Mt. Semeru in the background as an active volcano plays with the light. The usual fog in the caldera is slowly making way for the day. Take your time.
    If you would like to walk down to the Sea of Sand  in stead of by Jeep, a porter will be waiting for you. The Sea of Sand will be crossed before walking up to Mt. Bromo. At the crater rim you have a beautiful view over the area in which this active volcano resides; the black Sea of Sand bordered by the steep ancient caldera rim and the contrasting savanna. Once back at the car, your driver will bring you to the savanna. Once set and done, you go back to your hotel. Time for breakfast. You have spare time as we only depart again in late afternoon to hike through villages and capture local activities on film.

     

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    Camara Lawang - Pagupon Bromo, JavaGo by Jiwa Jawa

    Night photography at Mt. Pananjakan II and get to know the Tengger peopleSymbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, Indonesia

    Symbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, IndonesiaNight photography Mt. Pananjakan II - Tengger people

    Horse man at Mt. Bromo - East JavaEarly morning you depart to Mt. Pananjakan II, again it will be one o'clock. This viewpoint has a different view over the caldera than Mt. Pananjakan I, that you visited on your second day. After sunrise you go back to your hotel to have breakfast.
    After breakfast you will go for a walk to watch local activities in the nearby village. You will have time to photograph Tengger people working on the land, maybe a ceremony that is taking place such as a wedding or a funeral, visit people and drink a cup of tea with them before you start photographing their way of life, the local market with all its activities, etc. After you expressed yourself through your pictures, you go back to your hotel to check out. Then it is time to depart to Bondowoso.

     

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    Bondowoso - Ijen View Hotel

    Free time for your own photography ideas - the car is yours Day 4 of your Live Local tour

    Day 4 of your Live Local tourFree time for your own photography ideas - the car is yours

    Today you will have a break which you can use to feel a 100% on holiday. To reload yourself and your batteries for the early morning the next day, when you will hunt photos at the Ijen crater lake. But, you can also decide to visit some spots in the neighborhood.

     

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    Bondowoso: Ijen View Hotel

    Ijen crater lake houses the biggest Blue Fire are in the world - discover East Java's coffee plantations Symbol day 5 - Live Local Tour - East Java

    Symbol day 5 - Live Local Tour - East JavaIjen blue fire - coffee plantation

    Ijen crater lake in East Java - BanyuwangiAt 23.00 you will depart to Pananjakan, from where your hike to the Ijen crater lake starts. Your guide will be waiting for you. He brings you a gas mask and a big smile. It is about 3,5 km to the top, after which you will have to go down into the crater where you can see the blue fire. It is also near the lake that the sulphur miners are harvesting the sulphur. An unbelievable human activity that is heavy and strenuous in an outer space environment. When it is dark enough you can have another Milkyway experience... Finally the sun will rise over the turquoise lake which looks stunning in its contrasting environment. When set and done, return to your car. Behind the parking area, sulphur miners get together at the weighing station to get their freight measured before loading it on the truck, which brings the sulphur to the purifying factory. Take a break at a local warung; drink a cup of coffee and get a local snack such as fried bananas.
    You will return to the Ijen Plateau - which you crossed early morning to get to the crater lake - to visit the area around the villages Blawan and Sempol and visit for example the strawberry garden and the coffee plantation. The strawberries are processed on the plateau as well as the macadamia nuts. Waterfalls and the coffee factory are other points of interest.
    When you are still feeling strong, there is time to visit the savannaat Kawah Wurung before heading back to your hotel. Depending on the road conditions you will either go by motorbike or car.
    You will spend the night in a basic home stay at the plantation.

     

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    Ijen Plateau - Homestay

    Ijen crater us the most acidic lake in the world and more than beautiful - Licin sulphur factory Symbol day 6 - Live local tour

    Symbol day 6 - Live local tourVisit the Ijen crater lake once more before heading to the sulphur factory in Licin village

    Sulphur miner at the Ijen crater lake carrying a heavy load of about 80 kg - East JavaOf you are again, to the Ijen crater lake. Discuss with your driver whether you would like to depart early morning, or just around sunrise. There must be many undiscovered spots that you are curious to stop by.
    En route to Ketapang harbor, you still have time to visit the sulphur factory in Licin village where sulphur is purified and packed. It is a fascinating production line.... On your way to the ferry you will pass a waterfall, coffee plantations and clove plantations. If you wish to stop, feel free and ask your driver.
    Then you will be brought to Ketapang to take the ferry to Bali. In Gilimanuk your driver is waiting to bring you to the area around Sanur, Kuta or Ubud.

     


    TAKE INTO ACCOUNT

    1. the best season for photography at these two volcanoes is during dry season, especially in the months July and August. Although dry season, in 2016 the dry season wasn't as dry as it should be. Rain was still falling.... unpredictable when, how long and how many days in a row.
    2. bring you cleaning kit all the time when you visit Mt. Bromo as it is a dusty spot.
    3. At night it is cold around Mt. Bromo. The tempratures can drop to around 5 ºC or even lower. Bring some warm clothes to feel comfortable.

     

  • Sendang Biru village & Sempu island

    Duration: 15 hours

    The blue lagoon Segara Anakan at Sempu island - south MalangMeet traditional Java. Sendang Biru village is as it is, nothing more and nothing less. It's beauty is its unspoiled being. Sempu island lies just a 10 minutes boatride offshore and is a Nature Reserve. Visit it's blue lagoon Segara Anakan and undisturbed nature.

  • Visit 'orphange' Al Kaaf

    Duration: about 6 hours

    Children at the orphanage Al Kaaf in Jabung village - 20 km east from Malang cityAbout 100 children have a home at Al Kaaf in Jabung village. Not all of them are orphans. Most of the children left the remote areas - after consultation with (one of) their parents - to have a chance at a better living as education is one of the keys to it.

  • Yogya's highlights mixed with nature

    Duration: 4 days & 3 nights

    Malioborostreet is the central market of YogyakartaThe famous temples Borobudur and Prambanan. Top culture combined with Indonesia's landmarks Bromo and Ijen, the active volcano Bromo and the most acidic lake on earth. This all in one tour.....